Joint Press Assertion: Pakistan-Sri Lanka Overseas Secretary-level talks

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Overseas Secretaries of Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Mr. Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne held Fourth spherical of Political Consultations on sixth August 2014 on the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, Islamabad.

The Sri Lankan delegation comprised of Air Chief Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody, Sri Lankan Excessive Commissioner, Senior DIG Anura Senanayake, Ministry of Protection and City Improvement, Mr. Dharshana Mahendra Perera, Appearing DG/South Asia, Ministry of Exterior Affairs, Mr. Samantha Wijesekara, Deputy Director, Division of Commerce, Mrs. Tharanga Liyanage, Director (Center East & SAARC),Division of Exterior Sources and officers of the Sri Lankan Excessive Fee, whereas senior officers of the Ministry of Overseas Affairs and 12 different Authorities Departments had been a part of the Pakistani delegation.

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The Overseas Secretaries acknowledged that primarily based on political goodwill the 2 international locations take pleasure in shut and pleasant relations, which have strengthened through the years. Nonetheless, they agreed on the necessity to additional consolidate them in numerous areas. They significantly sought enhanced cooperation within the fields of commerce, schooling, tradition and protection.

Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne briefed her Pakistani counterpart on the present developments in Sri Lanka together with the efforts on rehabilitation, reconciliation and resettlement within the put up battle battle areas.

The Sri Lankan aspect expressed deep appreciation for the steadfast help acquired from Pakistan on the worldwide fora, significantly, on the not too long ago concluded UNHRC session in Geneva in countering the weather that undermine the reconciliation course of.

She additionally appreciated the event help by the Authorities of Pakistan in the direction of Sri Lanka’s reconstruction efforts.

The Sri Lankan aspect appreciated the scholarships offered by Pakistan in varied fields of schooling and in coaching of their diplomats on the Overseas Service Academy.

Sri Lanka additionally welcomed proposals from Pakistan for help in curriculum growth in coaching within the well being and gems and jewellery sectors.

The Pakistan aspect reciprocated its appreciation for the scholarships provided by the Authorities of Sri Lanka for its nationals.

It was agreed to additional diversify and strengthen present collaboration within the discipline of schooling.

Regional and international problems with mutual curiosity additionally got here up for dialogue throughout the Consultations. On this context, either side agreed to a continued collaboration and cooperation. An alternate of views passed off on a variety of points together with issues of mutual curiosity, significantly within the area and dealing throughout the framework of SAARC.

The 2 sides dedicated to share expertise and help in occasion of pure disasters and calamities. The leaders of the delegations finalized the proposed settlement on cooperation within the discipline of Catastrophe Administration for signing throughout the forthcoming Presidential go to in Islamabad whereas reiterating the necessity for persevering with cooperation on this.

Each side reaffirmed their resolve to strengthen cooperation in countering terrorism, drug and human trafficking, asylum seekers issues, and transnational crimes in a complete method. It was agreed to proceed the cooperation with renewed vigour, which incorporates coaching of safety personnel.

Realizing the effectiveness of the Overseas Secretary-level consultations, they agreed to usually maintain the talks.

The consultations ready floor for President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s go to to Pakistan later this month. In the course of the go to, the 2 leaders will take inventory of the bilateral relations and establish potential areas for cooperation to the mutual good thing about the international locations and its folks.

Overseas Secretary Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne additionally referred to as on the Prime Minister and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Nationwide Safety and Overseas Affairs.

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